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(PAWTUCKET, R.I.) – The Preservation Society of Pawtucket recently hosted a walking tour of Sayles Heights as part of the Pawtucket Arts Festival 2015.  Due to tremendous interest, the Society is hosting another on November 1st.  Paul Mowery (former Pawtucket City Planner) will guide a group through a section of the Quality Hill Neighborhood.  It will start at noon at the corner of Arlington and Walcott Street.  Guide books and warm drinks will be provided. 

Quality Hill is brimming with several houses that exemplify the beauty of the architecture of the nineteenth and early twentieth century.  The hillside was primarily used as farmland in the seventeenth and eighteenth century.   Towards the end of the eighteenth century, however, the area drew several of Pawtucket’s prominent families.  One of Samuel Slater’s earliest competitors, Benjamin S. Walcott, built his house on what was then Old Road, but which became Walcott Street. 

Oliver Starkweather was the first to take action, building a large Federal style house on the hillside.  Despite it being moved twice, the 1800 structure is still standing.  Along with the Starkweather domicile, there are numerous other nineteenth century gems as well as impressive twentieth century buildings.

The walking tour will be approximately 45 minutes and end at 30 Fruit Street, better known as the Johnson Spaulding house.  The Society is the caretaker for the house, which self appointed town historian Betty Johnson maintained for several decades.  The current president of the Preservation Society, Dennis Stark, will be conducting free tours of the building.  The house was built in 1828, is in immaculate condition, and contains several historical items.

If weather permits, members of the Society encourage you to join them in a game of croquet on the lawn.  Light refreshments will be provided.

Let us know you’re coming, but pop-ins are always welcome! (401) 725-9581,

We recently hosted our First Annual Vintage Baseball Game!  It was part of the Fall Festival, thrown by the Pawtucket Arts Festival Board.  The Providence Grays took the field against The New Hampshire Granite .  Sure, it was drizzily and slightly chilly, but everyone had a good time.  We look forward to throwing this awesome event again next year, so get ready for some peanuts and cracker jack!